Songs of the South Records is excited to announce that Luther Dickinson has received a Grammy Award nomination for his acoustic instrumental record Hambone’s Meditations in the Best Folk Album category. This is Dickinson’s fifth Grammy nomination since he burst onto the scene with the lauded North Mississippi Allstars in the year 2000.
“I grew up on John Fahey,” says Dickinson. “Hambone’s Meditations is in his Tacoma tradition, but it was Jack Rose who made me realize that the medium of instrumental guitar was there for me to utilize. It had never occurred to me to try it myself and it was a satisfying relief when I did. I write musical ideas all the time and writing this record felt as natural as breathing. This record was very timely in my life as well. My daughter was just an infant as I wrote this material and I was still meditating on my father’s passing. The music fit the mood of the Mississippi winter of 2009.”
Living Blues magazine raved: “Hambone’s Meditations sounds contemporary and traditional all at once…Dickinson is a gifted guitarist in his own right, whose education in blues, country, bluegrass and old timey he came by honestly through his father and the leagues of musicians he’s known since childhood. Hambone’s Meditations is an example of that education on display, yet the influences never crowd Dickinson’s unique voice. Part love letter, part lullaby, the album is a cohesive meditation on (and through) arguably the most important instrument in American popular music and the styles that gave birth to it…There’s not a bad track on the album.”